Come to Bromley and see the Lego time machine

It has to be said there’s not a lot to come and look at in my (current) home of Bromley, SE London. There’s the Churchill Theatre, if you happen to like a lot of musicals and murder-mysteries. But that’s about it. Tourists – do not come here.

However, look what’s just showed up in the Intu (sic) shopping centre (formerly ‘The Glades’):

Yes, it’s HG Wells’ Time Machine fashioned out of Lego! Or at least a version of the version of HG Wells’ Time Machine featured in the 1960 movie The Time Machine.

Why? Well, HG Wells was born here. There’s even a blue plaque on the TK Maxx (formerly Allders) in the high street.

Of course, we used to have a mural to HG Wells in the High Street, featuring the three-legged Martian war machines from War of the Worlds.

Bromley's old HG Wells mural

That’s now been replaced by a mural of Charles Darwin, who used to live here. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because that’s not actually a three-leggged HG Wells Martian war machine, but a Tripod from the BBC adaptation of John Christopher’s The Tripods.

Oh, Bromley…




  • Mark Carroll

    Ha ha, yes, excellent Tripod. Could do with more murals like that.

  • Mark Carroll

    Thanks also for the video link, will watch that at some point. (Still annoyed it was canceled.)

  • JustStark

    I remember that mural; my uncle used to live near Bromley. It always did confused me what H.G. Wells had to do with the Tripods. Pity it's not there any more.

  • JustStark

    Though the idea of trying to do the last book on a BBC budget is… well, frankly almost unimaginable.

  • It's a shame. It's Darwin everywhere now. Even Pizza Express is all about the evolutions.

  • The Cult Of… series was quite good. Shame they've stopped doing them, really

  • Mark Carroll

    The second book was a challenge, I'd think, and they'd already conditioned us to expect rubbish effects!

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